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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Reyne, a garden fox on: February 20, 2016 09:53:03 PM
I hate it when I forget to take photos before I begin a project---but I did.  A friend asked me to paint a peeled & faded fox that's been in her flower garden for years.  I've not had much experience in this area but decided to give it a try.  It could always be repainted if I failed.

While I know what a fox looks like, I captured free clip art images from the internet so I could more accurately paint in the details.
 
After a good scrubbing, I sprayed him with a nugmeg colored primer---the best option of what I had on hand.

When he was dry, I began brushing on the different colors.  I was amazed that what I expected to take a day or 2 was finished in less than 2 hours.  It took much longer to brush on the 3 coats of mat finish polyurethane for protection.  I finished with a coat of gloss polyurethane on his eyes & nose.

For a first try, I was very pleased with the result & so was my friend.  We named him Reyne after Reynard, a fox prominent in medieval French fables.






12  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Funky painted bar stools on: January 28, 2016 12:57:04 PM
Thanks for featuring my barstools in your interior decorating category.  I enjoyed painting them & they always draw comments from anyone who sees them---mostly favorable so far.
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Funky painted bar stools on: January 10, 2016 08:28:26 PM
When I wanted to add a splash of color to my almost white kitchen, I decided to paint the table height stools I use at the island.  I purchased them online, unfinished.

Since the living, dining, family rooms & kitchen are all fairly open I carried the colors from these rooms to the kitchen.  I also wanted the colors from the photo on the wall represented.

Inspiration was an abstract triptych on the living room wall but I soon abandoned it in favor of my own designs.  I'm very well pleased with the colors & designs but still have to add another coat of paint to the legs because I had difficulty getting it to cover properly.  After they're finished & thoroughly dry, I'll coat them with polyurethane for protection.






 
14  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Leaf dish on: November 01, 2015 08:51:56 PM
Thanks for the info, steiconi.  I'll have to remember next time I have that problem.  I did use a real leaf in making it.  Pressed it into the clay & cut around it.  I've given the dish to a friend who admired it.  I feel quite fortunate in my clay classes.  They're not a lot for a two hour session & materials are furnished.  the instructors are great.  It probably helps that I live in a small town in the midwest where most things are cheaper than in the big city.
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Re: Fall Pumpkin Tutorial on: October 02, 2015 10:08:36 AM
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, SuzN.  I've never had a lot of skill with typing so it takes me FOREVER to type what would take my kids only a few minutes.  I'm expecting family to visit tomorrow & was going to ask for help from one of them.  I appreciate your taking the time to help.  There are so many lovely people on this site.

Deregering,  if anything isn't clear, let me know & I'll try to explain further.
16  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Re: Fall Pumpkin Tutorial on: October 01, 2015 06:59:36 PM
Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

Deregering, I'd be happy to help you with the instructions but am not really great with the computer.  I saved the page to desktop & found that it blurred badly when I enlarged it so that won't work.  What would help you?  The only thing I can think of is to retype it in a larger font & re-post it.  I can try that but, unfortunately, don't have time to do it tonite.  I'll get back here asap. Meanwhile, does anyone else have a suggestion?
17  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Flowered tile on: September 17, 2015 12:39:59 PM
I absolutely love my weekly clay classes.  My latest creation is a tile, approximately 6x8 inches.  I pressed a crochet doily into a slab of clay, then modeled flowers & leaves that I affixed to one end.  I used 2 greys for the tile color, orchid for the flowers & pale green for the leaves.  I achieved the pale colors I wanted.  Getting the colors right seldom happens so I'm very pleased with it & will display it on an easel.



18  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Fall Pumpkin Tutorial on: September 15, 2015 08:00:26 PM
I've made the polyfil stuffed fabric pumpkins but find these a bit different.  They're no-sew & use a styrofoam ball as the base.  I've taught them several times at craft seminars & they all turned out quite nicely.
I don't remember who first taught me this craft but recall that it didn't work well.  I soon made my own instructions & pattern.  I'm offering it in case someone would like to try it.







19  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Yard Bird on: September 14, 2015 11:06:05 PM
I've been alternating between garden stakes & painted flamingos lately.  For my latest yard bird, I decided to leave the basic Flamingo pink, as is, & just add painted designs over it.  I found the paint didn't adhere well to the surface.  In the past, I've always spray painted the under surface white when painting plastic.   Once I was able to get the designs on, I finished it with 3 coats of polyurethane.  The result is a hard coated finish that shouldn't wear off any time soon.







20  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Solar lit garden stake on: September 14, 2015 10:43:54 PM
Recently, I've had a lot of fun making solar lit garden stakes.  I even encouraged my grandson to join me for a "Play Day".  You can easily guess which is his---typically male.

Cameron's is made from a 36" wooden spindle I found on sale at the local home improvement.  Hubby drilled a hole in the top to accommodate a solar light (also on sale).  Then he had some nails (spikes) on hand that were about 12" long.  He sawed off the head & drove it part way into the bottom, making a stake that has an overall length of about 4 ft.  I think the bright colors & tribal symbols make it a very unusual piece.

Mine was made from a 2 ft piece of closet rod I found in the basement.  I don't know why it was hanging about but I put it to good use.  It was drilled top & bottom like the other one before I painted it Caymon Blue.  I then added one stroke flowers  & finished it with 3 coats of protective polyurethane.  It measures about 3 ft.





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